ADVrider

Go Back   ADVrider > Bikes > GSpot > GS Boxers
User Name
Password
Register Inmates Photos Site Rules Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 11-30-2012, 02:06 PM   #1
John Smallberries OP
Beastly Adventurer
 
John Smallberries's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2009
Location: Northville, Michigan
Oddometer: 1,226
Ewan's bikes at Coventry Transport Museum - pics

I spent today near London at Bletchley Park and the Coventry Transport Museum. The latter is the resting place for Ewan McGregor's GS's from Long Way Round & Down. I know: many love these guys, many hate them. I'm in the former category - so I took a few pics to share.




I love the beat-up AirHawk. I'd hate to make that trip on the stock saddle.




They had Ted Simon's bike as well


If you are in London with a day to kill, I highly recommend the trip. You can hit both Bletchley Park and the Coventry Transport Museum in one shot, with lots of time on the tube/train.
__________________
'05 BMW 1200GS
'09 Honda CRF230
'10 Yamaha TW200
John Smallberries is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-30-2012, 02:36 PM   #2
Girthy Knobkers
Gnarly Adventurer
 
Girthy Knobkers's Avatar
 
Joined: May 2012
Location: East Bay
Oddometer: 371
very cool!
Girthy Knobkers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-30-2012, 02:39 PM   #3
Denalidirt
High Plains Drifter
 
Denalidirt's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2006
Location: Denali, Ak.
Oddometer: 818
nothing special

I don't get it myself. I see dozens of GS all summer long loaded just like that. Some folks I had the pleasure of talking to had over 450 days on the road and 100,000 miles. all of which had no camera crew/ support truck. Fixed all repairs themselves and slept on the ground. Though I'm a fan of Ewan as an actor I don't think his bike is "special". MO
Take Ted on the other hand, he road for four years and covered 64,000 miles and 45 countries, in 1973. 28 years later he did the same thing, at 70yrs old, but only took three years the second time around.
Denalidirt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-30-2012, 02:54 PM   #4
LaurelPerryOnLand
Beastly Adventurer
 
Joined: Jun 2009
Location: Denver, CO
Oddometer: 3,339
I'd prefer Bletchley Park...home of the CODE BREAKERS during WW2.
Now there's a story worth telling.

Read more?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bletchley_Park
LaurelPerryOnLand is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-30-2012, 03:13 PM   #5
John Smallberries OP
Beastly Adventurer
 
John Smallberries's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2009
Location: Northville, Michigan
Oddometer: 1,226
Bletchley Park

Quote:
Originally Posted by LaurelPerryOnLand View Post
I'd prefer Bletchley Park...home of the CODE BREAKERS during WW2.
Now there's a story worth telling.

Read more?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bletchley_Park
The tour of Bletchley Park was amazing. We got a nice guided tour by a colorful expert. They have much of the original equipment working: many Enigmas, Bombes, The Colossus, etc. I've read several books on the subject and it was fantastc to see it all preserved. The intelligence and creativity of these people is nearly incomprehensible.

I agree that it makes a motorcycle trip seem trivial!
__________________
'05 BMW 1200GS
'09 Honda CRF230
'10 Yamaha TW200
John Smallberries is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-30-2012, 03:48 PM   #6
mtrdrms
Gnarly Adventurer
 
Joined: Jan 2011
Location: NW CT
Oddometer: 267
Thanks john. I like the long way round/down series' and credit these bikes for contributing to the success of our passion. Like them or not, we owe them for getting the attention of the aftermarket that supplies us with all our great gear and farkles! And I've always wondered where those bikes went.
__________________
Everyday. No excuses.

2007 BMW R1200GS
2013 KTM 450 XC-F
mtrdrms is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-30-2012, 05:19 PM   #7
WindSailor
Studly Adventurer
 
WindSailor's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2008
Location: Somewhere out West
Oddometer: 543
Quote:
Originally Posted by mtrdrms
I like the long way round/down series' and credit these bikes for contributing to the success of our passion.
And to show everyone that the Adventure series can be semi 'crash proof' and ride ready - within reason.

Well tested.
WindSailor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-30-2012, 06:48 PM   #8
lhendrik
Truffle Rustler
 
lhendrik's Avatar
 
Joined: Dec 2008
Location: New York and Floridoodie
Oddometer: 2,211
Like it or not, BMW should realize that those 2 guys probably sold more GS's than any other advertising. I know I got mine after seeing the videos and then rode all over Europe and into Republic of Georgia and back and I'm 63 and though I had no support vehicles or camera crews, if I had the $$$ I would have :)
__________________
Normal is just a setting on the dryer.
2009 R1200GS A, 2008 K1200GT
lhendrik is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-30-2012, 07:05 PM   #9
HoneyBunz
Beastly Adventurer
 
HoneyBunz's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2006
Location: Miles From Nowhere
Oddometer: 5,201
Charley and Ewan are awesome!
No other adventure riders did a better job of sharing their experiences with the rest of us.
Having camera and support crews probably complicated things as often as not.
HoneyBunz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-30-2012, 10:14 PM   #10
vagueout
Beastly Adventurer
 
vagueout's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2010
Location: sydney, east
Oddometer: 1,479
I like ewan and charlie and the films they make, great entertainment and to a degree inspirational, Ted Simon is on a whole other level. I would like very much to see all their bikes.
__________________
i just seek clarity
vagueout is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-2012, 06:02 AM   #11
Sox Fan
SoxFan
 
Sox Fan's Avatar
 
Joined: Apr 2007
Location: Southeast Michigan
Oddometer: 858
Thanks for sharing neighbor. I like and respect Charlie and Ewan as well. Proabably wouldn't own a GS if I didn't see LWR.

If I had the resources these guys have, I would do the same around the world thing with a support crew. Who wouldn't?
__________________
2004 R1150 GSA
2005 MV Agusta F41000S
2011 335i
1989 911
Sox Fan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-2012, 06:06 AM   #12
Rockmuncher
Studly Adventurer
 
Rockmuncher's Avatar
 
Joined: Apr 2010
Location: Western Canada
Oddometer: 755
Ewin and Charlie's first series was what inspired me to buy the BMW. Maybe they're not as bad ass as some others, but since when was it a contest. I've watched the Long Way shows more than once and probably will again.
Rockmuncher is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-2012, 09:58 AM   #13
Farmer Palmer
Gnarly Adventurer
 
Farmer Palmer's Avatar
 
Joined: May 2006
Location: East Lothian, Scotland
Oddometer: 254
Two wheeled Landrovers!

Enjoyed LWR and LWD and it was nice to see Charlies bike 'in the flesh' and have a wee sit on it aswell............!

Had GS's way before Ewan and Charlie but the success of the films they made just re-enforced the fact that they are great travelling bikes and popular with everyone.

In the LWD series Ewan and Charley stopped at Lindesfarne or Holy Island which is only thirty five minutes ride from here and just over the English Border...........I often ride down there and park in the same spot next to the 'three bedroomed' castle!

FP.
__________________
13 G650GS Sertao, 11 G650GS/FL, 10 R1200GSA30 Desierto 3
Farmer Palmer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-2012, 11:24 AM   #14
Ridestrong
Gnarly Adventurer
 
Joined: Jun 2011
Location: Houston, TX
Oddometer: 157
Just watching Charlie and Ewan push their bikes across Mongolia......they're qualified!
Ridestrong is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-2012, 11:42 AM   #15
RomaDakota
Illuminatus
 
RomaDakota's Avatar
 
Joined: May 2006
Location: Oz
Oddometer: 1,334
Enjoyed the pictures!
__________________
КМЗ Dnepr MT11 // КМЗ M72 // ИЖ Planeta 5 // КМЗ MV750 // Урал М63 // BMW R1200GS 30th
RomaDakota is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Share

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

.
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


Times are GMT -7.   It's 01:56 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ADVrider 2011-2014